NYM 9, MIN 6: Forever of a 5th Inning
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Odorizzi: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 57.7% strikes
Home Runs: Garver (3)
Multi-Hit Games: Kepler (2-for-4, 2B), Schoop (3-for-4, 2B)
WPA of +0.1: Odorizzi .168, Kepler .126
WPA of -0.1: Astudillo -.110, Hildenberger -.120, Vasquez -.414
(chart via FanGraphs)
That rough fifth inning could have actually been even worse. The Mets gifted their 14th out of the game to the Twins, as Jeff McNeil ran halfway home from third on a passed ball and then just kinda stood there for a moment. He was thrown out trying to get back to third.
But the Twins could not get out of their own way.
Jake Odorizzi gave up a single and walked the bases loaded prior to that McNeil baserunning gaffe. Instead of taking advantage of the miscue, Odorizzi re-loaded the bases by walking Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
That was it for Odorizzi, as the recently recalled Andrew Vasquez came in to make his 2019 debut for the Twins. It did not go well. Vasquez hit the first batter he faced to force in a run, then walked in two more runs.
Trevor Hildenberger came in … he walked in another run. Then he gave up a two-run single. Finally our good ol’ buddy Jeff McNeil came up to hit again and ended the inning by striking out.
The Mets managed to scratch across six runs that inning despite recording only two hits, both of them singles.
Martin Perez was the next Twins pitcher up. He gave up three more runs over the next two innings. He’s given up 11 hits and walked nine batters in 8 1/3 innings pitched this season.
The lineup heated up as soon as Syndergaard was out of the game. They scored four runs in the eighth and Mitch Garver added a solo homer in the ninth.
It was an ugly game, but the Twins head home having completed a winning road trip. Another positive: They don’t have to play another road game in a National League stadium until after the All-Star break.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Fri vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT (Pineda-Norris)
Sat vs. DET, 1:10 pm CT (Berrios-Ross)
Sun vs. DET, 1:10 pm CT (TBD-Zimmermann)
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